"To be at peace with the earth, one must be at peace with heaven.
There is no way for a man to defend his humanity and not be dragged,
Through his own inventions and machinations, to the infra-human
Except by remaining faithful to the image of man,
As a reflection of of something that transcends the merely human."
I love this little quote, but do I believe it? Sometimes I do, but mostly I reflect on the fact that the most militant religions have been the three that most thoroughly buy into the "image of God," If God is truly hidden from us behind the "cloud of unknowing," we cannot know that we are made in the image of God. We cannot even know what "made in God's image" could possibly mean! So far as I can tell,(and this is probably my Asperger's talking) It is human beings who imagine God. Is it best to imagine a god who created us in his own image, or is better to imagine a god whose image is so blurry that we cannot find justification for our own acts in its "will?" I don't know,' sometimes I go one way, some times another.
With apologies to Joyce Kilmer:
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
And only fools like me, you see,
Can make the god who makes a tree.
But I can sure see where Nasr (A Sufi) is coming from. The idea that you are the image of God, or that you are god, ought to restrain me from hurting you, no matter what kind of problem I imagine I have with you.
Scorecard since 9/11/01: Anti-terrorists +/- 500 *
* every death of of a terrorist created in the "War against terror"
** every death of a non-terrorist created in the "War against terror."